Critical Environments: Postmodern Theory and the Pragmatics by Cary Wolfe

By Cary Wolfe

Argues for a pragmatist orientation for postmodern theory.

Taking up the matter that has stalled modern idea -- its remedy of the article of information, the "outside", as not anything yet what a specific discourse makes of it -- this publication indicates an answer: a reinvigorated, posthumanist kind of pragmatism.

Author Cary Wolfe investigates 3 of the main major traces of postmodern concept (pragmatism, structures conception, and poststructuralism) and indicates how every one confronts the threat of an "outside" now not totally constituted via discourses, language video games, and interpretive groups. He then assesses those confrontations in gentle of an basically pragmatic view of thought, one who regularly asks what functional and fabric distinction it makes, and to whom, how those matters are negotiated.

Unique in its collation of significant theorists hardly thought of jointly, serious Environments comprises distinctive discussions of the paintings of Richard Rorty, Walter Benn Michaels, Stanley Cavell, Humberto Maturana, Francisco Varela, Niklas Luhmann, Michel Foucault, Gilles Deleuze, Fredric Jameson, and others, and levels throughout fields from feminist philosophy of technology to the idea of ideology. a solution to the frequent cost of relativism leveled opposed to postmodern conception, this paintings will motivate new varieties of severe thought.

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